Trauma comes in many different forms.
For instance, through childhood abuse or neglect, involvement in a frightening or life threatening event, or through having lived through unhealthy or destructive relationships. Experiences of oppression, marginalization, and discrimination (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia, etc.) are also traumatic. They threaten our sense safety in the world, limit access to resources, and lead to chronic stress. Trauma leads to feelings of hypervigilance and being on guard. It is associated with negative physical and psychological consequences that can be quite disruptive.
Trauma can significantly impact many parts of your life.
It is common for those who have lived through trauma to experience changes in eating or sleeping patterns, anxiety, depression, avoidance of people or places that bring up the trauma, and feeling easily triggered into painful memories or feelings related to the trauma. Trauma can also impact your relationships and self-esteem. Traumas are often senseless, thus, by definition it is very difficult to make sense of them.
You can heal and find a sense of safety.
With the help of evidenced-based trauma treatments, therapy with a licenced mental health professional can help you make sense of what happened to you, process the related feelings, and work towards a sense of calm and safety in your life. In our work together, we will build on your pre-existing resiliency, increase self-confidence, and develop healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions.
With the right therapy and a therapist with whom you feel safe and comfortable, it is possible to put the trauma behind you, feel connected, and move forward with your life.